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Life On The Water, Fort Lauderdale Style

There are few things more beautiful than an evening on the Intracoastal. Most of us don’t get to enjoy these magical views every night, but last Saturday I was one of the privileged few spending the evening dining al fresco at a private home in Fort Lauderdale’s Harbour Beach, with a view of the iconic […]

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Is This Bull Running Out Of Steam?

You would think that a rising market would make investors happy. But the higher it goes, and the longer this bull market persists, the more people seem to worry. While the investment future is always uncertain, here are a few facts, as well as misconceptions about the market, that may help put investors’ minds at […]

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Another Last Minute IRA Tip: Helping The Stay-At-Home Spouse Keep Up

For non-working spouses, it’s often a case of “out of sight, out of mind.” And what’s forgotten is their own retirement security. Once the non-working spouse is out of the workforce, they usually neglect to fund their own retirement accounts. Many people don’t realize that even if you are not holding down a job, you are eligible […]

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Saving On Your Mortgage: When A Good Idea Goes Wrong

Have you ever noticed that trying to save money can end up costing you more? Over the weekend, a friend was telling me how her twenty-something sister bought a new home and took out a 15-year fixed term mortgage. Looking at the numbers, a 15-year mortgage can be a smart move. Not only does a […]

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Quote Of The Week: With Investing, Beware TMI (Too Much Information)

Morningstar founder and CEO Joe Mansueto just retired after 33 years. The company he started in his Chicago apartment – and that turned him into a billionaire – is now the go-to source for information and analysis on mutual funds, exchange traded funds and all kinds of investment products in what is now a $16 trillion+ industry. It’s hard […]

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Last Minute IRA Tip: Don’t Let Divorce Derail Your Retirement

Here’s a last minute IRA tip that can help you stay on track for a comfortable retirement: Many divorced people who are receiving alimony neglect to fund their IRAs every year. That’s a mistake, because putting money aside each year into your Traditional or Roth IRA can help you keep your retirement savings on target, and […]

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Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Is Hot, Hot, Hot!

Fort Lauderdale, once known as the nation’s spring-break capital, is now attracting business moguls seeking waterfront footage, tax breaks, beautiful weather, and a quieter scene than Miami’s South Beach. Business writer Robyn Friedman showcased Fort Lauderdale’s new look, and its multi-million dollar real estate properties, in last week’s The Wall Street Journal. Prices continue to rise in […]

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Raising Financially Responsible Kids

Ask any parent what they really want for their kids, and they’ll tell you they want them to be happy. If they could ask for two things, parents would probably say they also want their kids to be financially self-sufficient so they don’t need to struggle or go without. We recently spoke with journalist Alina Tugend […]

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Don’t Fear The Rate Hike

Odds are that the Federal Reserve will raise rates tomorrow afternoon by another quarter point (0.25%) in response to improving economic conditions and a robust job market. Wall Street is eyeing three or four rate hikes in total in 2017, although 2015 and 2016 estimates for multiple increases proved wide of the mark. For that reason, it’s best to […]

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Quote Of The Week: Millennials Face A Perfect Economic Storm

“Millennials face a kind of perfect economic storm. The Great Recession took a big bite out of their wages, and its ripple effects will continue to dampen their earnings potential for years to come. Wealth accumulation for Gen Y took an even bigger hit, especially for those burdened by high student debt. These young people […]

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